By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: www.columbiacrest.com
There is no question that Columbia Crest is one of the most pivitol brands from Washington State – it’s pedigree of releasing quality wines at each respective price level is nearly unheard of – especially when you consider their reputation.
A couple of vintages ago, its Reserve Cab was hailed as the number-one wine in the world by Wine Spectator so it was with great enthusiasm that I cracked open this 2009 vintage.
- Blend: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
- Total Acidity: 0.56 g/100 ml
- pH: 3.76
- Alcohol: 14.5%
- Barrel Aging: New French oak for 25 months
Nose: Dried cherries, dark chocolate, peppercorn, leather, a hint of charcoal and pencil lead.
Taste: A solid cab that’d make a superb compliment to any beef or bison dish. Very good structure in its tannin acid and fruit that cling together very well all the way through the lingering finish.